Beginning Thursday, August 24th, West Sound for Social Justice is pleased to take over as host of “Sustainable Cinema”, a film series that highlights a wide range of contemporary social and political issues. “Sustainable Cinema” is sponsored by Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, with the venue provided by Dragonfly Cinema, located at 822 Bay Street, Port Orchard. Films will typically run from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. There is no charge for admission, donations are appreciated.
A different film will be screened on the fourth Thursday of each month, and time permitting, will include guest speakers, opportunities for discussion and/or additional information on the topic.
Scroll down for more information on the films we have lined up.
We’ll post a schedule of films several months out on this page and on the WSSJ Calendar. If we find a film that seems particularly relevant to a specific topical issue, we may alter the schedule.
The October film is “The IF Project”
THE IF PROJECT is a collaboration of law enforcement, currently and previously incarcerated adults, and community partners focused on intervention, prevention, and reduction in incarceration and recidivism.
Women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population, increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985. “The If Project” follows a group of inmates incarcerated at the Purdy, Washington maximum-security women’s prison who are part of a writing workshop co-created by a Seattle police detective and a repeat offender serving a nine-year sentence. The workshop challenges the women to answer, in their own words, a simple question with a difficult answer: What if things had been different?
Plan to stay after and gather at the Brick House Bar & Grill, just down the street, to mingle and discuss the film.
Follow this link for more information about the movie, Sustainable Cinema, and how to get on our mailing list – Sustainable Cinema/IF Project .
The film for September is “Out of Reach”, one of a five-part series titled AMERICA DIVIDED
Released in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, AMERICA DIVIDED is an EPIX Original docu-series, executive produced by Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes and Common, features narratives around inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system — all woven into an eight-story, five-part series. The show follows high-profile correspondents as they explore aspects of inequality related to their own biographies. Correspondents include: Common, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Zach Galifianakis, Norman Lear, Amy Poehler, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jesse Williams.
“Out of Reach” examines the special difficulties faced by Central American refugees in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where US Border Patrol checkpoints inside the US, many miles from the border, keep undocumented people hemmed-in and place the American dream out of reach.
Follow the link below for a discussion guide to the series.
The August film was “Fix It, Healthcare at the Tipping Point”. The screening was followed by guest speaker, Peter Lucas, M.D. He is the former Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, and is currently Director of Mental Health at HealthLinkNow.com and Consulting Psychiatrist at Peninsula Community Health Centers. Dr. Lucas shared information about a proposed Washington Health Security Trust, a fund that would be dedicated to paying for health services for all Washington residents.
Click on the links below for additional materials provided by the filmmakers.
The first is a pdf with some great, illustrative charts, graphs and data on our healthcare system.
The second is a Tri-Fold brochure that can be printed and distributed.